Heartworm and Ticks

By July 15, 2020 Moose Tracks

As the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic set in, it’s important to keep certain routines in place with our pets: walks, exercise, playtime, grooming (including teeth brushing!), feeding times of course, and Parasite prevention.

With Spring here and summer literally around the corner, means mosquitoes are buzzing about and ticks are active. Mosquitoes may seem like just another annoyance that we encounter while out for a walk with our dog, but mosquitoes pose a serious health risk to our pets. Ticks pose severe health risks to both pets and people!

Heartworm disease is a deadly disease that affects both dogs and cats. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes when they feed on infected animals and then feed on our pets. Foxes and Coyotes are a Heartworm positive source that could potential act as a reservoir to infect our pets.  While dogs are most often affected, it is important to know that cats can be affected too and should be on heartworm preventives as well.

Heartworm have a complicated life cycle, but prevention is simple! Treatment is costly, can be life-threatening, and doesn’t always result in positive outcomes. It is easy to forget about heartworm disease as you do not often hear about cases. The reason for this is due to many pet owners having their pets on heartworm prevention. Heartworm disease is very much still active and without prevention; pets are at risk.

Due to COVID-19 and our protocols that we have implemented to keep you and our staff safe.  We feel strongly that keeping your dog protected this season from Heartworm, Fleas and Ticks are important too; especially since our dogs are getting walked more than ever as we all practice Stay at Home and physical distancing.

 We have created an easy way for you to get your pets prevention and manage the physical distancing we need during COVID-19.  Simply call the clinic and request a curbside appointment for testing and to pickup your prevention.                                              

Your best defense to protect your pet from parasites is prevention.  Have peace of mind during in this pandemic that your pet is protected from any parasites it may come in contact with during the many trails and walks we are all enjoying.


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